‘Performing Stragismo and Counter-spectacularisation: Italian right-wing Terrorism and Its Legacies’ is a SGSAH-AHRC-funded practice-based PhD project that explores the collective memory of Italian right-wing political violence (1969-1980) and its inter-generational transmission through online interviews with Italian women who were young adults at the time. In the Seventies, Italy suffered the largest number of terrorist attacks in Europe. Due to the judicially-ascertained collisions with the secret services and with political personalities, the right-wing bombing attacks were and are known as ‘stragi di stato’ [state massacres] by a large slice of the population. However, Italian collective memory is still ‘divided’ (Foot 2009). Drawing from interdisciplinary research between Italian studies and Theatre and Performance studies, I explore the models through which collective memory is elaborated, and the media and cultural products that helped the participants make sense of that period of time.
Encompassing under-represented narratives, the project interrogates the process of knowledge-making; at the same time, it asks how practice can ethically address memory gaps.